The first poem this week was 'The Things We Can't' by Sarah James. At a time when things have been quite difficult for me and mine, this gave me pause for thought. It is so terribly easy to forget to be grateful for the many gifts that we have. I have already made a financial donation to help fight Ebola but I continue to feel ashamed as well as impotent. Why didn't those in a position to make a difference act more swiftly? David and I were having conversations about this impending tragedy many, many weeks ago. If we could see what was coming, why couldn't they?
On Tuesday, Laura Taylor's 'Cash Flow Fiasco' was a biting and energetic response to reports of Tesco's profit 'error' from which the company emerges with 'All the credibility / of third rate clowns'. Well said, Laura. It's pretty clear, I think, that there is 'something rotten' somewhere. Is it now too late for the big boys at Tesco to clean up their act?
Wednesday's poem was 'Sunflowers - For Vincet van Gogh' by Melinda Rizzo. This is a piece which I like very much. I am intrigued by the various ways by which the stories of the dead reach us and by how out understanding of the lives of our dead friends - for it is rather in this way that I tend to think of them - is influenced by the working of bias, by deliberate acts of omission, by errors and misunderstandings or accidents of fate.
Our poem on Thursday offered advice to the Labour leader who, let's be honest, surely stands in need of some. 'What Ed Milliband Should Do' by Richard Devereux is witty and playful but it perhaps reminds us that, at this stage of the game, there is not much Mr Milliband can do. It's no secret, though, that I would like to see a proper Socialist alternative in this country so I would say that, wouldn't I? Hey ho, let Rome burn and let the people eat cake.
Finally, on Friday, we closed the week with 'School Shootings'. This piece by Danny P. Barbare is a spare and poignant wish for the comfort and recovery of those who have been touched by the tragedy of gun violence is schools. Thank you, Danny. Thanks you, everyone. Have a good week.